The Adelaide Convention Centre, which was certified silver for five years, achieved gold certification via the EarthCheck environmental program.
DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton opened following a multimillion-dollar, property-wide renovation and rebranding of a former Mayfield Inn & Suites. The hotel has 8,000 square feet of flexible space including two grand ballrooms and 15 meeting rooms, seven of which are soundproof.
An 11-story, 213-room Hilton Garden Inn opened in the Bao’an district of Shenzhen with 5,920 square feet of meeting and event space.
Paris-based Accor Hotel Group added a full-feature online booking site in Arabic to its Accorhotels.com reservation website.
The 153-room DoubleTree by Hilton Dhahran opened with four flexible meeting rooms, a ballroom and 54 one and two-bedroom suites.
The Crowne Plaza Belgrade, the first Crowne Plaza in Serbia, opened 15 minutes from Nikola Tesla International Airport. The property has 416 rooms, two restaurants, an exhibition hall and 12 meeting rooms.
The 163-room Savoy Resort & Spa opened on Beau Vallon beach on the island of Mahe’. Its conference center can accommodate 300 people.
The 197-room Sheraton Zurich opened with more than 6,500 square feet of meeting and event space, including eight multifunction rooms and a pre-function area.
United Arab Emirates
The 319-room Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah opened on the Arabian Gulf with a private beach, two outdoor pools, eight meeting rooms and a 600-person capacity ballroom.
The Conrad Dubai opened with 13 meeting rooms ranging and two ballrooms, the largest of which, the Grand Ballroom, is 12,528 square feet.
The 265-room Hilton Al Hamra Beach & Golf Resort, formerly the Al Hamra Fort & Beach Resort, opened in Dubai following a two-year refurbishment. It has an adjoining 800-person capacity meeting center.
The 183-room DoubleTree by Hilton Flagstaff opened following a nine-month, multimillion-dollar renovation with 6,500 square feet of meeting/banquet facilities, including seven meeting rooms and a 3,900-sq. ft. Grand Ballroom that can hold up to 400.
The Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration opened following a $10 million renovation of its 718 guest rooms, meeting and event spaces, and public areas. The venue, a half-hour from Walt Disney Resort, has 6,800 square feet of flexible convention, meeting and event space.
The Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach completed a multimillion-dollar renovation. The 63-acre oceanfront property updated all 510 guest rooms and 80 villas, added two restaurants and refreshed 56,000 square feet of meeting/event space.
The 150-room Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Owensboro/Waterfront opened adjacent to the 169,000-sq. ft. convention center being built downtown
The Las Vegas Marriott completed a $4.3 million renovation of its 278 guest suites, and transformed two second-floor hospitality suites into 600 square feet of meeting space.
The Crowne Plaza JFK Airport New York completed a multimillion-dollar renovation. The hotel has 330 guest rooms/suites and 5,000 square feet of event space, including 10 meeting rooms and a ballroom.
The Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau earned a Platinum Choice Award from Smart Meetings magazine, which also honored the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza as a leading meetings destination.
The 212-room Radisson Inn at the University of Toledo opened with 14,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.
The 202-room Crowne Plaza in Greenville completed a $5 million renovation that included adding two executive boardrooms. The hotel has 6,500 square feet of meeting/banquet space, including the 4,200-sq. ft. Grand Ballroom, which holds up to 500 people.
The 146-room Hyatt Place Houston/The Woodlands opened with 6,100 square feet of flexible, high-tech function space.
— Compiled by Therra C. Gwyn